Haddam Poet Laureate
Search for Haddam’s New Poet Laureate Begins!
A poet laureate (plural: poets laureate) is a poet officially appointed by a government or conferring institution, typically expected to compose poems for special events and occasions. Albertino Mussato and Francesco Petrarca (Petrarch) of Italy, were the first crowned poets laureate, in 1315 and 1342. In Britain, the term dates from the appointment of Bernard André by Henry VII of England. The royal office of Poet Laureate in England dates from the appointment of John Dryden in 1668. Today, a Laureate title may be conferred by an organization such as the Poetry Foundation, unconnected with the United States Poet Laureate.